Do you feel that you’re a better citizen than many legal citizens? I’m not sure that’s for me to judge. But that’s precisely the conversation: that people like me should earn our citizenship. But for my fellow Americans who happened to be born here — what have they done to earn their citizenship?
There are 12 foreign-born members, of which only one is Republican. Democrats account for 39 of the 53 members of Congress with at least one immigrant parent. First- or second-generation immigrants represent 23 states, with California having the most, and they come from various regions throughout the world. Over the course of American history, there have been 413 foreign-born Americans that have served in Congress, out of 12,000 total.
David Glosser, uncle to White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, defended an editorial excoriating his nephew and the administration’s immigration policy Tuesday, telling CNN, “I felt it was incumbent upon me to raise my voice to let people know that this is a country of immigrants and our family were immigrants — in fact, we were refugees.
House Republicans left Washington last week relieved that their ugly, months-long fight over immigration was behind them.
The Trump administration’s immigration crackdown could severely limit American companies’ ability to hire workers in a tight labor market, economist Mark Zandi says.
After days of imploring Congress to pass legislation fixing “weak and ineffective” immigration laws, President Donald Trump on Friday seemingly backed down, telling Republicans not to waste their time.
“We’re here today to celebrate America’s commitment to Ireland and the tremendous contributions,” Trump said during a luncheon before St. Patrick’s Day, “and I know it well, the Irish immigrants and their descendants have made right here in the United States and throughout the world.”
People are dying because of United States immigration policy.
Last December, the Trump administration celebrated what it thought was a major accomplishment: a 24 percent drop in arrests at the U.S.-Mexico border in the 2017 fiscal year. The 310,531 arrests made, a 46-year low, marked a significant decrease in one of the key indicators that measures unauthorized crossings into the United States.
Moderate House Republicans are pushing a deal that could lead to citizenship for young “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally. But Trump told “Fox & Friends” in an interview that aired Thursday that unless a bill “includes a wall, and I mean a wall, a real wall, and unless it includes very strong border security, there’ll be no approvals from me.”